Alchi, a village 70 km to the west of Leh district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is located on the banks of the River Indus. It is situated in the heart of the Himalayan region and is a popular tourist place. The village has a few places for overnight stay as well.
The village is mainly popular for the old monastery that can be seen here. The building is said to have been built during the 11th century and the architecture of the place is also excellent. There are many wall paintings that can be seen in the monastery and these have been done in Indian style. The paintings are very well preserved and are a treat to witness. A big statue is also present in the monastery as well and the paintings near the statue have bright colors.
The paintings include those of the five families of Buddha and also that of Vairocana. There are other paintings of deities that can also be seen in the place. The village is in the midst of a scenic location and it is surrounded by greenery. It is a perfect place to relax and experience the quintessential Buddhist monastery life. Richen Zangpo is credited as the founder of the place.
There are a few festivals that take place in the region as well. The best time to visit is during June to September.